Former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) player Rajat Bhatia showered praise on Hardik Pandya as he was highly impressed with the performance of the Baroda all-rounder as a skipper of the Gujarat Titans (GT) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
Under the leadership of premier all-rounder Hardik, the Gujarat Titans managed to win the Indian Premier League title in their debut season.
Skipper Hardik led from the front picking 3 wickets and scoring crucial 34 runs to bag the Player of the Match award in the final.
In the summit clash, RR won the toss and opted to bat first and they were able to score only 130/9 in 20 overs. Jos Buttler top-scored for the side with 39 runs in his bag.
Chasing the target, Shubman Gill, Hardik and David Miller played brilliant knocks to help GT secure the victory. Also, Hardik Pandya became 4th Indian captain after MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma to win the Indian Premier League championship.
I rarely saw Hardik Pandya getting angry or disappointed in pressure situations – Rajat Bhatia
Ex-KKR player Bhatia said that the GT captain was cool and calm in pressure situations throughout the Indian Premier League 2022 except in one incident involving him and Mohammed Shami. He added that Pandya is not like Virat Kohli, who could not control his emotions in tough situations as a captain.
“Whenever you judge someone’s captaincy skills, you look at how they are reacting in pressure situations. I rarely saw Pandya getting angry or disappointed in such situations.
“Barring that one incident with Shami, Pandya was cool and calm throughout. This thing was missing in Virat Kohli’s captaincy. He could not control his emotions in tough situations. And that is the one thing I liked in Hardik Pandya. He was clear in his thought process which made things easier for him,” said Bhatia on SportsTiger LIVE.
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